Sunday, 24 July 2011

What has been happening at Aircreation

Once again we are coming up to September. Many pilots know that this is the time for the biggest microlight show in Europe - Blois.
Aircreation will be there, as they always are, with a range of their products.
One thing that will be there is the Nuvix wing. This wing is the little brother of the BioniX wing, without the winglets, the vortex inducers and the pressure valves. It is meant for the lower powered trikes and the whole speed range is lower than the BioniX as is the VNE. The good news for many Aircreation owners is that this wing will fit the pre Skypper and Tanarg trikes, giving owners of the older machines the chance to fly a wing with a corset. This will breath new life into older machines.
It is also thought that the new podded version of the Skypper trike could be at Blois. The open version is fine for the general weather that we have in the south of France, but the version with a pod would suit pilots in colder climates.
Aircreation will, as always, have various trike, wing and engine options at the show for prospective customers to fly.
More details of the products can be found at

Monday, 20 December 2010

Another Bionix

Mike Gillam has at last got his BioniX wing. Mike flies in Thailand and has been emailing me with many questions over the past 8 months, but now he has the new wing he is as enthusiastic about it as I am.
Well done Mike, we are looking forward to the latest videos.

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

BioniX is selling

The BioniX wing seems to be selling all over the place.
Mike in Thailand is waiting for his to be delivered. I will be be happy when he gets it as he has made some great flying videos, that will be even better with a wider speed range. See his videos on his blog at
Henry, in the US has had his delivered. Henry is another great video maker and editor. Henrys videos can be watched on
My mate Derek came over from the UK this summer to visit. He very kindly brought me a years supply of PG Tips tea bags (can't get them in France), so as a reward I took him for a BioniX flight. He ordered his within a week! He is flying it in New Zealand this very day. He still has his Tanarg/iXess in the UK, but that is because the BioniX is still not certified in the UK.
I have not heard back from the factory about the fuel gauge option. My email must be another of those that have disappeared into the ether!

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Bionix SB

There is a new service bulletin out for the BioniX wing. Please see for the English language version.

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Fuel guages

Now that Aircreation has the Skypper, complete with dashboard mounted fuel gauge, I thought it would be a good idea to investigate the chances of fitting the same to a Tanarg.
Many of the Top end Tanargs come with the Enigma EFIS dashboards these days, which come with a fuel contents display. This means that they must have a fuel sender in the tank. The sender that the Skypper uses will probably be no use on the Tanarg due to the different fuel tank shape. The gauge will fit though.
It is a pain to look down under the passengers leg to see the fuel tank contents. A gauge on the dash would be a good backup indicator of fuel contents.
I will report further when I get an answer to my email to the factory.

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

The Skypper

Ok so you have seen the pictures, but what is it really like?
Well it is a similar sized trike to the P&M offering. The design is very light and strong with a modern looking welded steel structure. It is superbly configurable with the choice of 3 engines and many different wings. An option for a detachable full pod may be available in the future, making it suitable for climates like the UK. The small pod as fitted to the ones in the pictures on my last post is, in fact, very good. With the windscreen design there is very little buffeting or wind noise for the pilot at least.
Flying it seems very similar to the Tanarg with the same wing, but you can feel that there is less weight in the machine, and the 80hp rather then the 100hp of the Tanarg is not noticeable.
Production will start in November this year, there are still some minor modifications being made in comparison to the trikes in the pictures, Aircreation will not release anything until it is as perfect as they can get it!
The fuel tank has a sight tube on the side to easily read the fuel contents, but a fuel gauge on the dashboard is a factory option. The seating is not cramped at all, in fact I would say that it is less cramped than a P&M GT450, but it will be a better machine for flying instruction than the Tanarg due to the controls being in easier reach for the instructor. All the trikes at Blois had the dual controls fitted, and I assume that this is a factory option for the Skypper.
Prices have not yet been released, but I would expect that it will be about €10,000 less than the equivalent engined/wing Tanarg. If you want the prices then contact the factory or your local Aircreation dealer.

Monday, 4 October 2010

The new Aircreation Skypper

 The Skypper 582 fitted with the iXess wing.

 The 582 again showing the sleek lines of the trike.

 Rotax 582 engine fitted.

 The 912 engine and Bionix wing version.

 The same one again.

 The Skypper and its big brother, the Tanarg.

 The Skypper folded ready to fit a wing.

 Very modern design of the Skypper front end.

 HKS engine version.

 Neat and tidy side view showing strong suspension.

 BioniX wing showing the Kevlar band in the wing.

 Brothers, both with BioniX wings.

 Skypper 912/BioniX take off.

The design of the Skypper is very clean and modern looking. It is a bit smaller, and lighter, than the Tanarg, about the same trike size as the P&M range of flexwings. 
It comes with a choice of three engines, the 65hp Rotax 582 two stroke, the 60hp HKS four stroke or the 80hp Rotax 912 four cylinder four stoke. Any of Aircreations current range of wings can be fitted, as seen in the pictures above.
More to follow!